Painter and Digital Media Artist working in Boyd School Studios

About Stephen

Stephen Haley is a painter and digital media artist. He produces paintings, ‘virtual photographs’ and videos – by first creating virtual scenes in 3D modelling software. Since 1994, he has had 22 solo exhibitions and over 140 group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Stephen has won a number of art prizes, awards and research grants. Among these include an Australia Council VAB New Work Grant; the Australia Council’s Los Angeles Studio Residency; an Arts Victoria Project Grant; The R&M McGivern Prize for Painting; the ANZ Fellowship; and the Deacon Graham and James/Arts 21 Research Residency Tokyo.

In 2016 he was awarded the Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship. He is also a writer and is published in a wide range of forums. Stephen has lectured in Art History, Theory and Studio Practice at VCA, RMIT and Monash University.

He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the VCA, The University of Melbourne having just stepped back from 8 years as the Graduate Research Coordinator, MFA. He is represented by Mars Gallery, Melbourne; Lumas Galleries internationally; and in Europe by Artitled Gallery, Amsterdam.

What attracted you to the space and what makes your studio suitable for your practice?

Affordable, workable space for visual artists is rarity and a recurring nightmare. Without a studio, one simply can’t work - yet getting a studio, and holding on to it is a ceaseless problem.

Creative Spaces is a model of self-sustaining support for artists. It provides the most essential condition for practice – a studio space. These studios are both workable, affordable, well located and well managed. They house professional committed artists, not flakes.

The space is light, open, airy, reasonably large, reasonably priced, flexible and available – that makes them about as close to perfect as you are likely to get.